Mollydooker

Carnival of Love McLaren Vale Shiraz

9.357 ratings
9.413 pro ratings
McLaren Vale, Fleurieu, South Australia, Australia
Shiraz
Beef, Venison, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Lamb, Pasta, Potato, Mushrooms, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Tomato-Based, Pork, Pungent Cheese, Hard Cheese, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Eric Bass

Holiday cheer!!

Holiday cheer!!

Dec 18th, 2018
Tom Wood

Been a while since I've had this badboy, oxygen is doing some interesting things to it. So ripe and rich. Never picked up on it before but there's a giant hit of toasted raisin bread much similar to that of hot cross buns coming through nestled in amongst mascherano cherry, spiced plum jam, fig paste, black olive, licorice all sorts, black cherry, leather and tar. There's also a sweet oak note with hints of salted caramel, toffee and mocha. Rich, thick almost fortified-esque in its sludge-like texture, the palate delivers candied raspberry and blackberry jam. Tannins are there but subtle and silky whilst there is still some juicy acid to it. Points for balance, complexity and certainly length.. Served at room temp shows its alcohol, serve at 18°.

Been a while since I've had this badboy, oxygen is doing some interesting things to it. So ripe and rich. Never picked up on it before but there's a giant hit of toasted raisin bread much similar to that of hot cross buns coming through nestled in amongst mascherano cherry, spiced plum jam, fig paste, black olive, licorice all sorts, black cherry, leather and tar. There's also a sweet oak note with hints of salted caramel, toffee and mocha. Rich, thick almost fortified-esque in its sludge-like texture, the palate delivers candied raspberry and blackberry jam. Tannins are there but subtle and silky whilst there is still some juicy acid to it. Points for balance, complexity and certainly length.. Served at room temp shows its alcohol, serve at 18°.

2 people found it helpfulMay 3rd, 2016
Shawn R

You either love it or hate it...

You either love it or hate it...

1 person found it helpfulJun 8th, 2018
Mike R
9.4

Thank you @Martin G Rivard and what a great wine - all smiles

Thank you @Martin G Rivard and what a great wine - all smiles

1 person found it helpfulFeb 27th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

Ripe, ruby, juicy; blackberries, blueberries, dark cherries, roses for days, strawberries follow, light lifting spices. Black licorice, cinnamon, clove nutmeg, ripe cherries come on late, beautiful acidity. The finish is a great balanced of ripe fruits, florals with black licorice at the very end. Photos of the grounds.

Ripe, ruby, juicy; blackberries, blueberries, dark cherries, roses for days, strawberries follow, light lifting spices. Black licorice, cinnamon, clove nutmeg, ripe cherries come on late, beautiful acidity. The finish is a great balanced of ripe fruits, florals with black licorice at the very end. Photos of the grounds.

Apr 10th, 2017
Shawn R

I remember when this was an "under the radar" bottle. So lush and big. My favorite over the Velvet Glove.

I remember when this was an "under the radar" bottle. So lush and big. My favorite over the Velvet Glove.

Mar 3rd, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.5

Thank you so much Santa @Martin G Rivard! Love it and cannot wait to try out the Velvet. Deep purplish red, really a tooth stainer. Classic Aussie Shiraz nose with caramel, vanilla, and other baking spices. Undertones of dark fruits and some savory herbs too. Moderate plus tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied for sure. Super rush and dark on the palate. Started off a little tight with a bit of dark fruits, light eucalyptus and anise. After a few hours this baby began to sing with an onslaught of dark berries and bramble berries. Love it! Pretty well rounded especially for having an alcohol content of 16.5%. Definitely built for a decade plus. Will be trying more MollyDooker in the future! Drink till 2032.

Thank you so much Santa @Martin G Rivard! Love it and cannot wait to try out the Velvet. Deep purplish red, really a tooth stainer. Classic Aussie Shiraz nose with caramel, vanilla, and other baking spices. Undertones of dark fruits and some savory herbs too. Moderate plus tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied for sure. Super rush and dark on the palate. Started off a little tight with a bit of dark fruits, light eucalyptus and anise. After a few hours this baby began to sing with an onslaught of dark berries and bramble berries. Love it! Pretty well rounded especially for having an alcohol content of 16.5%. Definitely built for a decade plus. Will be trying more MollyDooker in the future! Drink till 2032.

Dec 24th, 2016
Shawn R

You just can't go wrong. Powerful and so impressive. I get whiffs of gingerbread and dusted dark chocolate truffles. Raw and unctuous wine. Mouthfeel is its strong suit, soft and velvety textures abound. Tar, white pepper, grilled sausage, grandmas blackberry cobbler and a hint of eucalyptus. Well defined finish that rolls the tannins in masterfully.

You just can't go wrong. Powerful and so impressive. I get whiffs of gingerbread and dusted dark chocolate truffles. Raw and unctuous wine. Mouthfeel is its strong suit, soft and velvety textures abound. Tar, white pepper, grilled sausage, grandmas blackberry cobbler and a hint of eucalyptus. Well defined finish that rolls the tannins in masterfully.

Dec 18th, 2016
Shawn R

Duplicate of the 2013 vintage. Bold and expressive. Bing cherry, plums and hints of toasted vanilla. Wait for the finish.

Duplicate of the 2013 vintage. Bold and expressive. Bing cherry, plums and hints of toasted vanilla. Wait for the finish.

Jun 5th, 2016
Marshall Parrish

What can I say, over and over, year over year, this is one of my favorite wines

What can I say, over and over, year over year, this is one of my favorite wines

Feb 14th, 2016